taxesIn a post from last May we reported: “the announcement in the government budget during the last week that the lowest marginal tax rate of 10.5% will now apply to income up to $22,000 rather than $14,000; the rate in this band till now has been 17.5%. However, that change doesn’t take effect until 1 April.”

Thus, for those on $22,000 and above it would have been $560 total a year more in the pocket.

Goodbye to that, it seems, the new government has other ideas; it intends instead payments for young families and babies.

For those over 65 (37% of Waikanae people), however, there is this:

Winter Energy Payment

From 1 July 2018, a Winter Energy Payment will be available to help with the cost of heating homes during the winter.

You don’t need to do anything to get this payment – if you qualify, it’ll be paid to you automatically.

Who can get it

You can get the Winter Energy Payment if you’re getting either:

  • New Zealand Superannuation
  • Veteran’s Pension
  • Jobseeker Support
  • Sole Parent Support
  • Supported Living Payment
  • Youth Payment
  • Young Parent Payment
  • Emergency Benefit.

Who can’t get it

You won’t get this payment if you’re getting Residential Care Subsidy or Residential Support Subsidy.

What you can get

You can get:

  • $20.45 a week if you’re single with no dependent children
  • $31.81 a week if you have a partner or dependent children.

This will be paid from 1 July to 30 September 2018. From 2019, it will be paid from 1 May to 1 October. You don’t have to pay it back.

If you leave New Zealand while this payment is being made (and you’re still getting your benefit or NZ Super payment) your Winter Energy Payment will continue for the first 4 weeks you’re out of the country, but will stop from the beginning of the 5th week.

If you’re back in New Zealand before the Winter Energy Payment ends (e.g., 30 September 2018), you’ll need to contact us about restarting it.